The Beast in Rev 13?

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  1. SolaSaint

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    http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/20931/53/

    Could this be the Beast mentioned in Rev 13? I heard a radio commentator today say it is the most exciting thing he's ever heard concerning eschatology. Of course his view of eschatology. What do you think, is this a sign the end is near?
     
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    Following are some comments on Revelation 13 that I used in a SS class years ago.

    Scripture tells us that the beast represents or is an agent of that old dragon, Satan, but who is he, in what form is he manifested? Mankind and the social structures that mankind has developed have, by and large, always been opposed to their accountability before the sovereign God, Lord and creator of the universe. This first beast, therefore, represents those groups or organizations of the world’s political, social, or economic structure that are in opposition, either overtly or covertly, to God and His rule. That this is true is shown by the association of the beast with the four seen by the prophet Daniel and the identification of those four beasts with empires that persecuted the people of God. Both the Bible and secular world history shows that Satan has never lacked those willing to fall down before him.

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    The beast of Revelation 13 has been with us since dirt and will be with us until the Lord returns in Power and Great Glory Throughout history there have been many manifestations of the beast. Since the ascension of Jesus Christ some who may be considered a manifestation of the beast are: the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Islam, Communism, secular humanism to name a few.

    It is entirely possible that the EU mentioned in the article is one manifestation of the beast. Who knows what is to happen. One thing is certain. Jesus Christ said that His Church would undergo persecution and it has been, is, and will be until He returns. Christians in this country have been very fortunate but that is subject to change given the moral decline in the country and 50+ million unborn children slaughtered. I would note that there is increasing antagonism in this country toward the Churches and Christians.
     
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    oldR,

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I agree we are living in times of great immoral decline. It truly saddens me when I hear of how many lives are snuffed out daily due to inconvenience, and our laws protect this immoral act.

    I guess I've always been of the conviction that Christians will KNOW for SURE the signs of the end as it says in 1 Thess 5:4 "But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief." Will it be obvious to us that the end is in sight or is it supossed to obvious that we always see what is considered anti-Christ in our world? It can get confusing if we let our little minds get carried away. Thanks again for the post. God Bless.
     
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    Excellent! That mostly is in agreement with the Historicist framework that I hold to in Revelation. Good to see your posts again OR!
     
  5. DiamondLady

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    My Daddy has always believed the beast is the computer. By reading your Bible the signs of the times are very clear, spelled out if you will. All have been fulfilled.

    Don't confuse the Antichrist with the Beast. They are two separate entities and there will be a third, The False Prophet.
     
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    In today's language and technology, the "image" of the beast (False Christ) would be a clone or an android (Rev 13:15).
    We are close, but I don't think we are quite there yet.
     

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